This week’s Alive After Five headliner: Maia Sharp
Go Listen Boise local opener: Workin’ On Fire


Maia Sharp won significant critical notice and radio airplay with her albums Hardly Glamour (Ark 21), 2002’s self titled Maia Sharp (Concord), 2005’s Fine Upstanding Citizen (KOCH), and when she was one third of the exquisite collaboration with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock on Everything Waits to Be Noticed (EMI/Manhattan), produced by Billy Mann. Then came Echo, produced by Grammy award-winning studio legend Don Was in 2008, which heralded her ascension into the spotlight as an artist, thanks to NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, among others.

Sharp is just as comfortable writing for others and it shows. She has had her songs recorded by The Dixie Chicks (“A Home” from Home), Bonnie Raitt (“I Don’t Want Anything To Change,” “Crooked Crown” and “The Bed I Made” from Souls Alike), Trisha Yearwood (“Standing Out In A Crowd” from Jasper County), David Wilcox (“Ask For More” from Into The Mystery), and many others, including Cher, Lisa Loeb, Edwin McCain, Keb’ Mo’, Art Garfunkel, Mindy Smith, Paul Carrack, Amanda Marshall, Kim Richey and Kathy Mattea.

The albums, writing and collaborations have led to years of performing on stage, radio and television. Maia has been all over the U.S. and U.K., headlining clubs and theaters, opening for (and often sitting in with) Bonnie Raitt, Art Garfunkel, Jonatha Brooke, Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, David Wilcox, Pat Benatar, Edwin McCain, Shawn Colvin and many others.

Between touring and writing, Maia has been producing other artists, including platinum selling singer-songwriter Edwin McCain, Canadian Idol finalist Donny Anderson and, most recently, music icon Art Garfunkel.

Her upcoming album Change the Ending, due out in August of 2012, is the self-produced harvest time of her fifteen years of rich experience since she first hit the scene.

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